|An Unreasonable Man: Ralph Nader|
- Friday, April 20 2007, 6:40:25 (CEST)|
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I just met Ralph Nader a few minutes ago. A movie about him, which he had nothing to do with (but to give them a few hours of interviews) just played at the Detroit Film Theatre. He happened to be signing his most recent book afterwards.
I had no idea that one man has impacted the lives of hundreds of thousands, even millions of lives, over the course of his lifetime. Amazing. He was the main force behind automotive safety (safety belts, air bags), food labeling, food safety, the clean air act, the clean water act, etc. etc.
The list goes on and on.... it is unfathomable.
Afterwards, he took questions. He answered each with a thoughtful, prudent, witty, deft, and most definitely profound reply which really made a lasting impact. The audience members ranged from socialists to feminists to hawkish zionists. He treated each person who questioned him with respect, even if they did not respect him, and he destroyed their arguments with logic and fact.
I can't wait to read his latest book, and when I'm done with it, I'm going to try my best to read every other book that he has written. That man may trace his roots back to Lebannon, but he's definitely "Assyrian".
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